Do you have a hijacked browser or hijacked computer. You may be able to fix it in a matter of minutes for free. I have found a remarkable free software that will in most instances rid your computer of the malware, scareware or root kit causing the problem. This free software is COMBOFIX. This software does not currently work on Windows 8.1, but it does work on Windows 7 and before. However, I am sure it will not be long before ComboFix will work on Windows 8 as well.
Even though I have a “don’t surf the internet policy” at my office, there have been numerous instances over the years where an assistant had to admit that they could not use their computer because it has been hijacked. I used to call my IT person to fix it until he told me to run ComboFix first. I haven’t had to call IT for that reason since. To learn more about ComboFix, where you can download it and how to use it CLICK HERE.
I really have not had a need for ComboFix in the past couple of years, however, because I have installed Webroot Secure Anywhere on all of my computers. Webroot Secure Anywhere is a lightweight anti-Virus program (meaning that it does not use much memory and is fast) that is able to stop malware and scareware and rootkits before they ever reach the operating system. Although Webroot does use some major signatures, Webroot uses an intuitive platform that analyzes behaviors of files and creates a profile to determine if it is malware. The result is that it does not have to wait for signatures, it can detect zero day viruses. I have had no hijacks since I began using Webroot. The only problem I have experienced with it is that it will occasionally treat safe programs as malware.
Also, testing out well in antivirus software in 2014 is BITDEFENDER. It also performs the services that Webroot performs, except that it is still mostly driven by signatures. The labs have tested out BitDefender to be the best and they do not test Webroot. The labs are trying to determine how to lab test Webroot as it will not take any action against malware until the file acts maliciously. What this means is that Webroot creates a profile of the infected file until it acts maliciously at which time Webroot will block its attempted activity and roll the settings back.
After using Webroot and analyzing the reports on BitDefender, I have come to the conclusion that a decision on which one to use comes down to this. Both are remarkably great anti-virus protections, and you can’t go wrong with either one. However, Webroot is slightly better at blocking malware from reaching your operating system and BitDefender is slightly better at removing malware once it appears on the operating system.